Computer error puts some personal data online

August 28, 2008

By Robert Travis Scott

BATON ROUGE -- A glitch during a computer upgrade at the Louisiana Real Estate Commission caused the names, addresses and Social Security numbers of more than 13,000 licensed agents to be exposed on the Internet last week, sending waves of concern through the real estate community statewide.

The commission, which is a state regulatory agency that oversees the licensing of all real estate agents and brokers, discovered the problem Friday after the confidential information had been accessible on the Internet for about two days, Executive Director J.C. Willie said.

"Are we concerned? I guess we got to be," said Mark Rodi, president of Louisiana Realtors, a private industry group. "But you can't get upset about what you can't control."

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